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A Guide to Hiking Wichita Mountains


Hiking Wichita Mountains: Camping and Lodging

If you like camping, the Wichita Mountains are a great place to visit. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge features the Doris Campground, which is your basic modern campground. There are sites for campers and motor homes, with or without electric, plus tent and group sites. As of 2012, fees range from $8 to $18 per night depending on the type of site. There's also the Fawn Creek Campground, which is set aside for youth groups.

If you're willing to put in the effort, backcountry camping will give you some serious seclusion in some of the refuge's most beautiful areas. For a small fee ($2), you can get a permit to hike into an area called Charon's Garden. It's named for the Greek mythological figure who ferried the souls of the dead to Hades, but despite the creepy name, it's a great spot for hiking and camping.

Quartz Mountain Nature Park has a campground that can accommodate tent campers for $7 per night. However, if camping isn't your style, there's the Quartz Mountain Lodge, a resort that's close to both Quartz Mountain and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. There are cabins on the shore of Lake Altus as well. If you'd rather stay at a motel, there are lodgings available in the nearby towns of Altus and Lawton.

What are the most notable peaks in the Wichita Mountain range? Find out next.


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